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        09-14-2009, 09:38 PM
      #11
    Foal
    Does anybody know about this site? I am also a beginner looking into buying a bomb proof or safe trail horse.

    www.heavengaitsfarm.com
         
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        09-14-2009, 09:53 PM
      #12
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    Ognend, I am sorry you got burned. I simply meant some people pay a high price for a horse expecting them to be perfect and it often happens that the price does not make perfect.

    I also don't think rescues in general are necessarily good choices for beginners. I commend your wanting to find the right type horse by going to the source.

    Oh, and I don't ride buckers, rearers, or general snotty fit throwers. I like em calm and easygoing. If they are too naughty, they don't stay here.
         
        09-14-2009, 09:53 PM
      #13
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    Originally Posted by lovehorses007    
    Does anybody know about this site? I am also a beginner looking into buying a bomb proof or safe trail horse.

    www.heavengaitsfarm.com
    Your link didn't work for me.
         
        09-14-2009, 10:36 PM
      #14
    Foal
    Sorry here is the correct link

    Heavens Gait Farm Tennessee Walking Horses
         
        09-16-2009, 01:51 PM
      #15
    Foal
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by BerkleysTops    
    Forgot to mention they specialize in helping beginners find a horse that suits them. And believe me, I am a beginner ......
    Thank you very much. I have come across their website but did not spend much time on it. After what you wrote I will give it a more serious look. Thanks again!
         
        09-16-2009, 08:54 PM
      #16
    Foal
    You are very welcome! They invited me to come there and spend a few days but I found my guy pretty quickly. Call & ask for Melissa & she'll give you all kinds of help. If you have any questions, feel free to leave me a message. I know how hard it is to go about choosing the right horse without experience. Best advice is to have someone with you who you can trust.....
         
        09-17-2009, 09:07 AM
      #17
    Zab
    Yearling
    Good luck :)

    What I wonder tho is why both your horses has bad habits..can it depend on your attitude anything you do that provoke it from them? If it is, it might not help changing horse untill you know what's causing it. Horses generally don't do things to just annoy the rider, their behaviour is always triggered by something.
    Perhaps it's just a very bad match and a different horse will work much better.. but it wouldn't hurt to analyse what might have caused the problem and why it's not solved despite all the trainers. Are they good with the trainers but get bad when you've had them a while? Because then there is something you do that the horses tries to escape from. Not trying to blame, just to help, it'd be sad to spend time, love and energy on new horses and have the same thing happen again.
         
        09-17-2009, 09:20 AM
      #18
    Foal
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by BerkleysTops    
    You are very welcome! They invited me to come there and spend a few days but I found my guy pretty quickly. Call & ask for Melissa & she'll give you all kinds of help. If you have any questions, feel free to leave me a message. I know how hard it is to go about choosing the right horse without experience. Best advice is to have someone with you who you can trust.....
    Ah yes, trust. I am lacking in that nowadays :(, my experience turned me into a cynic. One other thing to beware of is that some friends will offer to help you find a horse and they will ride them for you but the same friends might have different definitions of safety than you. For example, a friend of mine offered to ride any horse for me to determine if they are suitable, but she has ridden all her life and in her definition of horsemanship it is OK to be bucked off every now and then, it is OK if your horse rears every now and then etc etc. She has the best intentions but is not what I am looking for. I actually think (with all my beginner naivette) that being bucked off or reared on should not happen, ever. If it does, there better be a grizzly bear 20 feet away from me and my horse charging at us. Am I crazy in expecting this?
         
        09-17-2009, 12:41 PM
      #19
    Trained
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    Originally Posted by ognend    
    Ah yes, trust. I am lacking in that nowadays :(, my experience turned me into a cynic. One other thing to beware of is that some friends will offer to help you find a horse and they will ride them for you but the same friends might have different definitions of safety than you. For example, a friend of mine offered to ride any horse for me to determine if they are suitable, but she has ridden all her life and in her definition of horsemanship it is OK to be bucked off every now and then, it is OK if your horse rears every now and then etc etc. She has the best intentions but is not what I am looking for. I actually think (with all my beginner naivette) that being bucked off or reared on should not happen, ever. If it does, there better be a grizzly bear 20 feet away from me and my horse charging at us. Am I crazy in expecting this?

    I have been riding for 25 years and I expect my horses to not rear or buck and with very rare exceptions they don't. If you lived a little closer I would invite you out to ride a nice gelding I have for sale but it probably wouldn't be worth the effort on your part.
         
        09-17-2009, 06:05 PM
      #20
    Foal
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    Originally Posted by ognend    
    Am I crazy in expecting this?
    I don't think so at all. I think you would be better off with a trainer you trust (maybe not the ones you have already worked with). I was so lucky in that the barn owner where I was taking lessons and whom I completely trust, offered to help me. The first horse I saw and totally fell in love with, was a Paso Fino. I was gaga over it, rode it & would have bought it in a second. She told me no way, that the horse was beyond my capability & that it just wasn't a good match for me. She would NEVER have let me get on a horse that she thought would buck or rear. I am far too inexperienced. Not fair to me or more importantly, the horse. That being said, you can never have a guarantee on any horse's behavior. But an experienced person can certainly help you with your choice. I was so lucky and I wish the same for you.
         

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